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The Mighty Kong
König Kong - Herr der Affen

USA / China / South Korea / Italy 1998
produced by
Denis deVallance, Lyn Henderson, George W. Drysdale (executive), Koichi Motohashi (executive) for Lana Productions, LA Animation
directed by Art Scott
starring the voices of Dudley Moore, Jodi Benson, Randy Hamilton, William Sage, Jason Gray-Stanford, Richard Newman, Don Brown, Ian James Corlett, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson
screenplay by William J. Keenan, based on the movie King Kong (1933), written by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, screen story by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace, music by David Siebels, animation by Anirom Films, Hahn Shin Corporation, Jade Animation, Rainbow Animation

animation
King Kong

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Carl Denham's (voiced by Dudley Moore) wild animal Broadway show sure needs a new attraction, so learning about an island harvouring a giant gorilla promises to be just the thing. So he, his leading lady Ann Darrow (Jodi Benson), his assistant Roscoe (William Sage) and their guide Jack Driscoll (Randy Hamilton) are off to Skull Island, where they soon find out the natives aren't entirely friendly - and they soon kidnap Ann to offer her to their giant gorilla Kong. And Kong takes a liking in the girl, too, but not so much in the rest of Denham's expedition, which he tries to drive off the island. Ultimately, Jack saves Ann, and somehow they manage to knock the giant ape out and transport him to New York City, where he's to lead Denham's latest Broadway production. But on opening night, Kong escapes, wreaks havoc to the city, and ultimately grabs Ann and climbs the Empire State Building. But naturally, he's no match for blimps and fighter planes ...

 

Now remaking the seminal monster movie - King Kong of course - as a kiddie-friendly animated musical doesn't sound like a terribly good idea, but at least on paper, it also comes with possibilities. Unfortunately though, those in charge apparently didn't see those possibilities and went for a by-the-numbers remake with little interest in atmosphere or really exploring the opportunities the different medium may offer. So every attempt at mood is drowned in a primary colour palette, the action isn't half as breath-taking as it should have been and many punchlines are just missed, even though this movie has a comedic tone to it. On the plus side, there are some good character designs in here, but inexplicably only reserved for the supporting characters, the mains (including Kong) are disappointingly flat, and not helped by a script that lacks in depth. That said, this isn't really a bad bad movie, it's just disappointingly indifferent.

 

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